Saturday, June 24, 2017

One Bunny or Two?

I love these Bunny Teatime stamps from Memory Box. When I saw them in the local scrap store, I didn't buy them immediately, mostly because I didn't need them. But then I got them the next visit, anyway. After all, there's always another Coffee Lovers Blog Hop around the corner! 




I made them into a birthday card with a Memory Box birthday sentiment die and a frame die from Lawn Fawn.





Giveaway: Leave a comment on any or all of my Coffee Hop posts this week here on my blog (you can leave one comment per post for more chances to win) and you'll be entered to win either two Hero Arts stencils (for overseas friends) or this Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle die set (for U.S. buds). 

Commenting closes July 1 at 11:59 pm EST.




Happy Hopping!
Chark




Friday, June 23, 2017

Anne Taintor Inspiration

If you like those vintage women cards with snarky sayings, then you like Anne Taintor...she was probably the first to start them. I think they're funny and I got caught up in making them for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop this summer.

Here's another. I promise it's the last one for this hop (I have two up at a2z Scrapbooking and one more from Friday).



Here's a close-up for the saying, I just googled coffee quotes and picked a few of my faves for these cards, typed them, printed them and then trimmed them out. I thought they looked like they were friendly, but that lady on the right is trying to tell her co-worker to calm the heck down until she's had her morning brew. This image is from the a2z Scrapbooking store and called Hero Arts Make Your Own Sewing Fashion.


I colored them with Prismacolor pencils in the summery red, white and blue colors, and added some rose ribbon trim to the corner. It's Tim Holtz ribbon.

Giveaway: Leave a comment on any or all of my Coffee Hop posts this week here on my blog (you can leave one comment per post for more chances to win) and you'll be entered to win either two Hero Arts stencils (for overseas friends) or this Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle die set (for U.S. buds). 


Commenting closes July 1 at 11:59 pm EST.



Happy Hopping!
Chark




Loving the Coffee Hop

It's Day One of the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop and I've got an Anne Taintor-inspired card with vintage digi stamp and sentiment typed out in a typewriter font. It's a little less snarky than my cards up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog today.



You can see the stars and glitter line stickers at the top and bottom of the coffee cup panel shining in this pic below.


I used the Hero Arts Digital Stamp set called Make Your Own Sewing Fashion ($11.99 for a ton of sewing images and sentiments) for the woman. 

I colored her red, white and blue and put her on cherry paper to make her summer-themed. Then I realized, one doesn't wear capes in summer. It might even be a wool cape. Ah well, she might be toasty in her outfit if she's outside, but if she's at the office, she might be all right, depending on how frigid the air conditioner is!

The coffee cup background is from the Hero Arts Caffeine Fix Digital Stamps. I'm not great with digis, and couldn't figure out how to lighten the cups, so I just used a piece of vellum to make the background less busy.

Special blog reader benefit--if you head to the a2z Scrapbooking store and put in $25 or more in your cart, you can use my super-secret buddy code to get 15% off! It's CHARK15 but you didn't hear it from me. You can almost always find a 10% off code in the store, but 15 is greater than 10...and even this English major knows that. lololol.

Giveaway: Leave a comment on any or all of my Coffee Hop posts this week here on my blog (you can leave one comment per post for more chances to win) and you'll be entered to win either two Hero Arts stencils (for overseas friends) or this Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle die set (for U.S. buds). 


Commenting closes July 1 at 11:59 pm EST.



Happy Friday!
Chark


Monday, June 19, 2017

Vacation Coloring

For the first time, I actually took some artsy things with me on vacation. I'd read how a lot of people take little art kits with them and for some reason, I never thought to do it. This year I took a tin of colored pencils, a sharpener and some digi images to color.

I only spent one night coloring in the hotel, but it was a good night. Everyone else was  relaxing in their own way, with the tv, gaming device and phone so I took the time to relax my way.

Here's one thing I accomplished. The digi image is a freebie from Karen. I'll try to find the link for you. (Here it is, found it thanks to Cindy!)



Here are some images of the little art travel kits I've seen. I may never get this compactly organized, but I can dream. 




This next image was a free one I found by googling cross with flowers. I have a little great-niece who just had First Communion, so I need to make her a card and this is the image that will be on it. For this image, I used Inktense pencils that you can use with water. I may try it, but it's printed on regular paper, so I don't want it to wrinkle. So, if I do, it'll be a nearly dry brush. I'll post a pic of the final card later.



Here's a post from Jennifer McGuire using the Inktense pencils. It's why I bought them in the first place! That Jennifer McGuire, she could sell water to a fish. Just say'n. I thought I didn't need the new Distress Oxide inks until I saw her video on them. 

Happy Monday!
Chark

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Celebrating An Anniversary

Hard for me to believe, by my hubby and I have been married 27 years as of June 16th. That's crazy! Sure we were just 22 but still, I imagined when we'd celebrate 25 years and it seemed so far in the future. 

Is there anyone who isn't surprised some days by their age? I remember my mom and her brothers all sitting around our kitchen table, laughing and talking and they seemed like they were teenagers and their ages were 55-78. That kinda cracked me up as a teen myself.

Ah well, I guess the good news is that we're still here counting those years, am I right?! Here's the card I made for him for our anniversary. I used Lawn Fawn heart dies to cut out of maroon glitter paper, then backed it with text paper. The Forever die is an old one but here's a similar one from Echo Park and it's cut from blue foil cardstock. The last touch was black and gold washi tape to make it more masculine. I received a beautiful card myself, but didn't take a picture, but it did have glitter on it!



Oh, and today I'm up on the a2z Scrapbooking blog with a gift bag I made with the gorgeous Large Hydrangea stamp and a digi butterfly. Here's a peek. Head over and say Hi! if you get a chance.


Don't forget, if you fill your cart at a2z Scrapbooking with $25 or more in stuff, you can use Chark15 to get a 15% discount! 

Happy Weekend!
Chark

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Vacation All I Ever Wanted

Hey, friends, back from vacation! We went to Minnesota (we're seeing the continental states alphabetically) and it was 1. fun 2. a long road trip and 3. exhausting, like all good vacations are.

Here are some photo highlights of the trip...I'll be back Friday with some crafty stuff.

Mall of America, Minneapolis, Aquarium--Jellyfish (highly recommend)

Mall of America, Minneapolis, Nickelodeon zipline/climbing structure INSIDE the mall.
  
Minneapolis Institute of Art, Dave Chihuly sculpture (also recommended)

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Illinois (free and small but well-done, recommended)
Daughter, churning butter


MOA Aquarium, Minneapolis--Husband as fish (in cool tank you can climb into) 

MOA, outside Aquarium gift shop--kids cramming themselves into the "fun" ride

Monster Mini Golf, Lafayette, IN (small but fun, with some good video games too)
Creepy glowing clown that I literally could not putt into. 
Mental block or poor putting skills? We'll never know.

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Illinois--Me and Hubby posing as our parents did 
on the same kind of moon that made its way through 1950s carnivals and beaches. 
My mom is below on the one at Buckeye Lake and we have a pic of 
Matt's parents at Lake Erie on the same moon.


What did we like about Minnesota? The people were friendly and were actually like the characters on Fargo in that they had slight accents and did the trailing off thing in conversation. "Well, it's a nice beach if, y'know..." um, okay. 

The Mall of America is actually cool even though I thought, what a very odd thing to do on vacation. The Nickelodeon theme park inside is a marvel of engineering. How on earth do they fit all that in that space? There's a Lego store with those fab Lego sculptures, a Crayon store/experience that's probably for younger kids but my adult daughter had to go in anyway to see all the color-coordinated art supplies. The teacher in her was happy! There's an aquarium that is absolutely cool, with a tunnel with sharks/turtles/fish/sting rays/smol octopus that became my daughter's bestie while we were there. (She likes the cephalopods for some reason.)

They have a virtual reality arcade that my son and hubby had a blast at...inside the mall again. I ate cheese curds (fresh and squeaky) at the mall even though it's kind of a Wisconsin thing. You can't get away from the CHEESE signs at the exits all along the way. I prefer them deep-fried like this, but I still enjoyed them fresh.


What was less than cool? The nearly 20 dead deer we saw on the freeway...apparently they don't clean those guys up too often. And ohmygosh the mosquitoes. Our windshield and truck grill was plastered with them. We didn't venture out in the twilight and I'm so glad we didn't, we'd have been attacked. Just sayin' take your bug spray if you go!

All in all, it was a good trip and we had fun, though it's always good to get home too!

And I absolutely love the Go-Go's Vacation song, hence my blog title. If you're a fan of the Go-Go's, the 80s or just pop music, here's the YouTube video.



Hope you're having a fab summer too...if it's summer where you are! :)
Happy Wednesday,
Chark